31 days to a prettier 2017 : head to toe beauty …

January 20, 2017By stephanie

Over the past 20 days, we’ve focused on beauty from all angles top to bottom – so why stop? Beauty is not just about makeup, it’s about how you feel!

Day 20 : January 20

Start a dry brush routine!

I’m a huge fan of dry brushing the entire body. It’s a quick and easy way to exfoliate the entire body from head to toe, while also promoting detoxification and circulation. It’s even been known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite (yes, please!)

To dry brush, you just need to invest in a firmly bristled dry brush with a long enough handle to reach all over. Brushes are available almost anywhere they sell body care items, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find.

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Using your dry brush, you want to use short brisk strings in an upwards motion, starting at the legs and working your way up to the stomach, arms, and your back (which is where a long handled brush comes in handy). Experts suggest 10-12 strings per body part before moving on to the next area. The best time to dry brush is early in the day, right before you jump in the shower.

YouTube has plenty of instructional videos to see how its done. And you can Google and shop around for different brushes.

Brush away!

TIP : Be firm with your grip and pressure … the exfoliating action plus the deep pressure will get your day started off right.

HOMEOWRK : Make it a habit. Even if you just have two minutes before you jump in the shower, dry brush. Eventually, it will become an automatic practice (like brushing your teeth) and you’ll do it on autopilot each morning!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : lash extensions, microblading, balyage …

January 19, 2017By stephanie

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. And there definitely isn’t anything wrong with being an informed consumer. Today I want you to *think* about stepping out of your beauty safe zone … and simply inquire about a beauty procedure that may have crossed your mind once … or twice.

Day 19 : January 19

Get more information about a new beauty trend or procedure you want to try (or have thought about).

Whether it’s lash extensions, fusion hair extensions, permanent makeup or Botox … today you’re going to call up a studio, salon or clinic that offers that service and ask questions and request pricing information. You may even book a free consultation.

Often times, we think it would be cool to do something but freak ourselves out because we’re way to comfortable in our own lanes and fill our minds with excuses and our own uninformed opinions. New beauty procedures like microblading for the brows or microneedling for fine lines/anti-aging are becoming more and more popular by the minute, yet we still hold ourselves back because we think we know what it might be like, but if we are really honest – we don’t.

By calling up a professional in the field, you’re going to give to yourself the real deal about {insert your desired procedure here}. You’re going to hear them out, get the full deets on all the benefits, and REALLY listen to what the “scary NOT scary” things might be about the procedure itself and the aftercare. You’re going to become informed.

Once you’re done your call and/or consultation … you can finally make a real decision about whether or not you want to move forward with said procedure. 

Get your pen and paper handy!

TIP : Call more than one place. Not only is it good for price comparison, but you can also compare what the esthetician, artist or medical professional at both companies say.

HOMEWORK : After you have spoken with your chosen salons or spas, make your own pros and cons list about what you learned. 

31 days to a prettier 2017 : brighten up the eyes …

January 18, 2017By stephanie


Today, I’m going to tell you to treat yo’self …

Day 18 : January 18

Buy yourself a new eyeshadow.

We spoke about eyeliners before for defining the eyes, but today we’re going to talk about brightening up and highlighting the eyes. You’re going to do this with a simple swipe of eyeshadow. You probably already have plenty of shadows ranging the colours of a rainbow, but the shadow I want you to pick up will be a neutral shimmer.

Look for something across the lines of soft champagne, rose gold, soft gold, or bronze. Shades that fall within this category can be swept across the lids and instantly lift and brighten the eye area within nothing more than perhaps mascara.

It’s a great way to get ready quick with minimal makeup! And don’t worry, the right neutral shimmer can always be incorporated into your full colour looks from winged liner to smokey eyes!

Now, off you go!

TIP : For easy on the go, try cream eyeshadow sticks. I particularly love Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown!

HOMEWORK : Buy yourself just one, but it doesn’t hurt to take note of other shades that don’t make the cut. You can always pick them up later!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : book a beauty lesson …

January 16, 2017By stephanie

Did you have a good rest yesterday? Hope so! Let’s ease you back into it …

Day 16 : January 16

Book a beauty lesson!

Whether you go full tilt and book a private one on one with a professional OR you invite your makeup guru BFF over to your vanity table for an evening, seek out some live help! YouTube is great for learning new tricks and practising, but sometimes its great to have an actual person to hit with rapid fire questions. Your teacher of choice can also assist you with product and colour selection, but also give tips and tricks that work for them and can be tweaked for you. PLUS – it’s fun to talk beauty with someone else!

A few ways to get a beauty lesson :

  • Hanging out with your besties who are queens at makeup (free , except for snacks and drinks!)
  • Heading over to a beauty counter for a makeup application and instruction (but keep in mind that you may be obliged to purchase a product or two)
  • Hiring a professional makeup artist to have a one on one beauty lesson (will be either an hourly rate or a flat rate; but the lesson can be tailored to what you want to learn)

Whatever avenue you choose you’re bound to learn plenty all while having fun with it. It’ll open you up to more new looks and styles, plus give you the fundamentals in application. 

Back to beauty school you go!

TIP : Arm yourself with pictures and questions in advance of your lesson. It’s the perfect time to get answers to the beauty stuff you want to know!

HOMEWORK : Check out the BlushPretty services page. We provide beauty lessons ranging from 60 minutes to 2 hours and even do so in a group setting, making it much more fun! Call or email to book!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on your skin …

January 14, 2017By stephanie

It’s Saturday. And it’s the weekend. I shouldn’t make you work, should I? But what you can do, is do some research and reading on your tablet, in your pajamas, with a glass of wine …

Day 14 : January 14

Start thinking more about the health of your skin.

You don’t have to jump into action right this minute but you should start considering making any necessary changes to your skincare routine. This could include :

  • Throwing out products that don’t work for you
  • Researching and purchasing the right skincare products for your skin type
  • Eating better for your skin
  • Incorporating a proper skin care regimen
  • Protecting your skin from aging and future damage 

Some people think they can just make a resolution to start washing their face every night and everything is going to be okay. It’s definitely a good start, but as we age, our skin needs a bit more help than just that. Start googling and reading up on skin care regimens of celebrities, beauty bloggers, and celebrity estheticians. What products do they use? What do they eat for their skin? How to they always look red carpet ready?

Start getting inspired and thinking about the most positive changes and habits you can make to get the same results. As they say, your face is the canvas for your makeup so the better the canvas, the better the art. 

Google is your friend and you can lose yourself reading articles from all the beauty blogs and magazines that are online. You can also visit our sister page: www.freshbeautiful.com which (almost) just completed it’s 15 days to better skin guide.

Happy reading!

TIP : Don’t forget to bookmark and save articles so that you can remember the tips and tricks you want to try, and the products you want to buy!

HOMEWORK : Try to incorporate at least 3 tips/tricks/products you learned about within the next week!